Homewood-Flossmoor High School girls wrestling team makes history despite gender inequalities

Homewood-Flossmoor High School girls wrestling team makes history despite gender inequalities

CHICAGO (TOC) — Girls in sports activities are imagined to get the identical alternatives and sources as males.

However 50 years after the passage of Title IX – civil rights regulation that requires equal alternatives for women and men at establishments receiving federal funding – there may be nonetheless loads to be completed each nationally and regionally.

Regardless of these hurdles and obstacles, a bunch of native highschool athletes just lately made historical past within the state wrestling event.

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On the first-ever Illinois ladies highschool state wrestling event in February, Homewood Flossmoor had 8 qualifiers – six of them first-time wrestlers, and 6 of them feminine.

“That was truly actually massive for me,” sophomore Jocelyn Williams mentioned, “as a result of I am massive on girls are higher than males, no offense. I used to be simply excited that we had a possibility to get some highlight.”

“The truth that they took this stage of pondering and planning only for ladies to have the ability to wrestle,” sophomore Ini Odumosu mentioned. “I used to be simply shocked, amazed and glad that they really went that far for us.”

“This can be a tradition,” Coach Scott Aronson mentioned. “They’re optimistic with one another, they help one another. They really feel one another’s ache, they have fun one another’s victories. It is unbelievable. I’ve by no means been part of that.”

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Aronson acknowledges the rising recognition of wrestling amongst highschool ladies, but in addition sees the inequalities that stay.

Evaluation by the ABC7 Knowledge Crew finds that fifty years after Title IX, issues are usually not 50/50. In Illinois alone, 50,000 extra highschool boys take part in sports activities than ladies.

“A number of these tournaments for the women, we do not have bracket boards but,” Aronson mentioned. “They are not placing the identical funding into the women as they’re the boys… They did not maintain staff rating in our sectional, and so, there was no sectional winner, there was no staff trophy. Boys get that.”

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It is a signal of the place issues stand. After 50 years of Title IX, there’s nonetheless a push to stage the taking part in subject.

“We nonetheless have an extended, lengthy strategy to go for gender equality on this nation in so many various areas together with sports activities,” Depaul Girls’s Basketball Coach Doug Bruno mentioned.

“However there’s not Title IX police operating across the nation to implement it,” 1979 highschool basketball state champion Missy Isaacson mentioned. “There are nonetheless lawsuits, there may be nonetheless a scarcity of compliance. There’s nonetheless an enormous scarcity of ladies directors, athletic administrators. That is not towards Title IX, however it’s a mirrored image of issues we nonetheless need to work on.”

“This notion of Title IX on the idea of intercourse is all the time going to be a struggle that we’ll need to struggle,” 1979 highschool basketball state champion Amy Eshleman mentioned.

Try abc7chicago.com/fifty50 the place you’ll discover a rising assortment of tales from our sister stations and Localish celebrating girls and ladies as we commemorate 50 years of Title IX and the push for gender fairness. You can even be taught extra in regards to the historical past of the regulation.

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